Art and Design, Photography and Media (Visual Arts) Level 2 Diploma

A multi-disciplinary course that incorporates a range of creative media techniques.

Students on this course will engage with a range of practical processes and techniques such as photography, lighting, audio, animation, studio, location, and image editing skills.

Research and problem-solving skills allow students to investigate ideas in response to assignment themes. Visual language skills are also explored via fine art workshops, designed to enhance an appreciation for the formal elements.

A series of guest speakers, group trips and opportunities to collaborate with others help enrich the student experience.

  • Camera-handling skills
  • Lighting
  • Editing
  • Idea development
  • Creative problem solving
  • Animation
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Audio production

There are no exams, instead students are challenged with finding creative solutions to coursework, designed around the seven mandatory units that lead towards a final major project in Unit 8.


You will be expected to complete a minimum of 4-6 hours of independent study per week.

Typically students progress onto the Level 3 courses in Art and Design, Photography, or Media. The Level 3 qualification could potentially lead to a university placement or employment in the creative industries.

Careers you could pursue include: Artist, Designer, Illustrator, Photographer, Photography Assistant, Picture Editor, Picture Researcher, Studio Assistant, Web Designer, Graphic Designer, Product Designer, Sculptor, 3D Model Maker, Set Designer, Theatrical Make-up Artist, Art Historian, Museum Curator, Interior designer, Fashion Marketing, Textiles Designer, Animator, Surface Pattern Designer, Jewellery Designer.

At least 3 GCSEs at Grade 3 (grade D) or above, including Maths and English.
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